USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance At Pearl Harbor
UPDATE: We saved the Marine Corps Rememberance Memorial in Pearl Harbor From The National Park Service.
From: Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)
UPDATE: A couple of years ago, I was the Operations Officer for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, on the waterfront between the USS ARIZONA and the USS BOWFIN. The Commandant of the Marine Corps was the featured speaker at the dedication of the USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance, 10 November 2006. The National Park Service, which administers the USS ARIZONA Memorial is renovating all of Halawa Landing, the site of the Marine Remembrance. The Regional Director of the Natl Park Service Western Region, Jon Jarvis, stated on the local TV news that the Marine Remembrance would be removed. I challenged him on that statement and convinced him that would not happen without a fight. I passed the word to (disabled Marine vet) Jack Cunningham (Americans Working Together), who in turn asked his readership to email Jarvis that the entire USMC would make every effort to have him relieved of his duties if he moved that monument. I was copied on many of the emails to him from Marines, their friends and their families that it nearly fried my computer. And...it worked. In order to save his job, Jarvis backed down. The Remembrance now belongs to the USMC and has its' rightful place in direct view of the USS ARIZONA.
COLONEL JOHN BATES
Now, Jack Cunningham can use our help himself, as he fights for his due process against a corrupt law firm and state officials who are protecting them.
From: John R. Bates [mailto: ]
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:55 PM
Subject: John "Jack" Cunningham
Dear Senator Oroho,
I'm writing this request (again) on behalf of Jack Cunningham, a former active duty Marine and Vietnam veteran. Although I've never actually met him in person, simply the fact that he is a fellow Marine in need of justice, I offer to help him in any way I can. As you may know, Marines are like that. Marines take care of Marines.
Although I probably don't know all of the facts pertaining to his case against the State of New Jersey, I know enough to firmly believe that he should be heard in a public forum. His charges are serious. There are claims of abuse of power and cover-up at the highest level of the State government. When such accusations are made, I believe the leadership has no other option than to investigate. Until that is done, all that know of him and his charges will assume that there is indeed a cover-up. Perception is a powerful thing. Hopefully it won't be counter to the truth, whatever that may be.
If this is allowed to continue to fester, the results will be devastating on all involved.
If this issue is not addressed soon, my only other option is to forward this to every Marine website and public forum I can find. That option is not a good one for any of us.
Please do the right thing and give Jack his "day in court."
Very Respectfully, John R. Bates
Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)
EVIDENCE AND DETAILS AT: http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id73.html